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N.J. Sawmill Looks to the Sun to Save on Energy Bills

NEW JERSEY—Solis Partners has completed the installation of 243-kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system at Riephoff Sawmill in Upper Freehold.

The system was designed, engineered and constructed by Manasquan-based Solis Partners and comprises of two ground-mounted systems—a 165-kilowatt array that generates power for the sawmill and a 78-kilowatt array that generates power for additional facilities on the property, including a barn and aqua-farm.

Located at 763 Route 524, the Riephoff Sawmill provides lumber products for the industrial, construction and manufacturing industries. The two solar systems are housed within the company's 7-acre yard that is used for scaling and storing logs.

The 15,000-sq.-ft. mill includes a 56-inch circular saw and a 20-foot Frick carriage, as well as pumps for aqua farming. The solar PV system offsets approximately 100 percent of Riephoff's electricity consumption, which equates to approximately $36,000 in annual savings.

Built with 1,036 solar PV panels, the solar system will produce approximately 300,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity in the first year of operation. This equates to the reduction of more than 456,000 pounds of CO2 emissions, which is the equivalent of offsetting the power demand of 26 residential homes or removing 40 cars from the road each year.

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